This is my grandmother's recipe. I hope that you enjoy it!

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
18
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl mix together all ingredients. Stir into a ball, then turn dough out onto a floured surface . Knead dough for 1/2 hour. If you have a mixer with a dough hook attachment, mix for about 15 minutes.

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  • Let dough rest for 10 minutes.

  • On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into strips that are 3 inches long and 1 inch wide. In the center of each strip, cut a 1 inch slit, lengthwise. Pull one end of the strip through the slit to form a bow.

  • In a frying pan or an electric skillet, melt shortening and heat to about 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). in a frying pan this would be on medium high heat.

  • Place cookies in hot oil. Cook on both sides until lightly browned then remove to a paper towel.

  • Dust finished cookies with confectioners sugar.

Nutrition Facts

504 calories; protein 8.6g 17% DV; carbohydrates 46.2g 15% DV; fat 31.5g 49% DV; cholesterol 184.1mg 61% DV; sodium 186.4mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
These are fantastic cookies. Light and airy with the powdered suger dusting make them irresistible. You can't eat just one! I made these with my mother when I was growing up and were always a special treat. The recipe was lost in a fire and I have looked everywhere for another. You cant imagine how excited I am to have found this one. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/08/2004
I was excited by this recipe but unfortunately it was very bland and I had a really hard time cooking the dough all the way through in the oil. Also make sure in the first step where it says 'Combine all ingredients' do not include the shortening! This was tricky. Also maybe I am inept but I couldn't make anything that looked like a 'bow' from the strips that I cut. All-around awkward. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
These are fantastic cookies. Light and airy with the powdered suger dusting make them irresistible. You can't eat just one! I made these with my mother when I was growing up and were always a special treat. The recipe was lost in a fire and I have looked everywhere for another. You cant imagine how excited I am to have found this one. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2009
I'd never heard of this before but I needed a recipe to use up the leftover egg yolks from an angel food cake I'd made. I brought these to our Mother's Day brunch and everyone loved them! Thanks for the recipe! I've submitted a picture here but you can check out my blog for more pictures (clarindas.blogspot.com). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
Wonderful! I've been trying to find the recipe most like my Baba's because I left mine with my brother. We don't use alcohol in ours either. I'm allergic to alcohol so it was very important to find a recipe that doesn't use rum or whiskey. Thank you so much for sharing this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2004
So yummy! My grandmother made similar ones and I lost the recipe. I'm glad to have found one almost exactly like it again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/07/2004
I was excited by this recipe but unfortunately it was very bland and I had a really hard time cooking the dough all the way through in the oil. Also make sure in the first step where it says 'Combine all ingredients' do not include the shortening! This was tricky. Also maybe I am inept but I couldn't make anything that looked like a 'bow' from the strips that I cut. All-around awkward. Read More
(5)